Making Biodiesel  

In a world that wants to be more environmentally friendly, why not find an alternative to gasoline or diesel to run our vehicles on? Actually, there are already a few different alternatives that have been implemented; one of the alternatives that are gaining tremendous popularity is biodiesel. Biodiesel is a great alternative because it is biodegradable, nontoxic and contains absolutely no petroleum; biodiesel is environmentally friendly, will help improve the air-quality as well as reduce our dependency on foreign oil if it gains more recognition. The downside to biodiesel is that it is actually a bit more expensive than gasoline when looked at gallon to gallon.

Biodiesel is made by taking vegetable oils or fats and separating the methyl esters and glycerin from it, which are used in actually making the biodiesel. The glycerin that is separated is commonly used in popular products such as soap, making the entire process even more marketable and less wasteful. This process is what makes biodiesel more expensive than gasoline, coupled with the time and effort it takes to grow the necessary crops beforehand and then shipping the biodiesel to pumping stations once it is made. While it is more expensive, it’s a small price to pay for an environmentally friendly fuel, better air quality, reduced dependency on foreign oil and even a reduction in agents that have been known to cause cancer.

The great thing about biodiesel is that if it is made properly, it can be used in any vehicle with a diesel engine. No modifications need to be made to the engine if it is a diesel engine, biodiesel can be poured directly into the gas tank. Most of the diesel cars and trucks that can run on biodiesel use a mixture of twenty percent biodiesel and eighty percent diesel fuel in their tanks. Some people decide that they want to run directly off of pure vegetable oil; meaning they can simply go to any fast food restaurant and fill up the tank with no hassle at all. However, to do that you would have to purchase a biodiesel conversion kit for your car; this will set your engine up to run strictly from pure vegetable oil.

Converting your engine to use pure vegetable oil can be expensive, with conversion kits ranging anywhere from $750.00 to $5,000.00. While that may seem expensive, you may never have to pay to fuel your car again because you can simply fill your tank up by using the used vegetable oil that fast food places and restaurants are trying to get rid of. Most restaurants will not have a problem with giving you the vegetable oil because they normally have to pay a company to come and dispose of the oil anyways.

If you do not want to buy an entire engine conversion kit, but you still have a diesel car then you can just stick to using biodiesel (20% biodiesel, 80% diesel oil) and still feel good because you are still helping out the environment, improving air quality, reducing the nation’s dependency on foreign oil and reducing all of the harmful cancer-causing agents associated with gasoline.

m such as those that use nitrite rubber in the fuel system. Such vehicles will also need a biodiesel conversion kits to run biodiesel in their engine so that it would run smoothly with no problem.

In general, converting to biodiesel as your fuel is better for you financially. It saves a lot of money and it is also good for the environment. Biodiesel conversions kits are not necessary unless you are situated in a place with extreme cold weather or your car is a pre-1994 model.

There will be times that you would be approached by someone offering you deals on biodiesel conversion kits. These deals can be really expensive and if you are not sure if you need a biodiesel conversion for the type of engine you have, do not make a mistake of panic buying. Make sure you know all the details first.

 

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